Com­mon skate caught at Loch Etive

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE HIGH­LIGHT of Loch Fyne Sea An­gling Club’s re­cent out­ing at Loch Etive was a young com­mon skate caught by Ar­dr­ishaig’s Steven MacBrayne.

A mem­ber of Loch Fyne SAC, Steven was one of eight an­glers tak­ing part in the monthly boat com­pe­ti­tion when he hauled in a 10lb 9oz skate.

Not a record breaker by any means, but the first landed aboard the char­ter boat Laura Dawn II in­di­cat­ing there are com­mon skate breed­ing in or around Loch Etive.

De­spite the heavy rain and win­try con­di­tions, fish­ing in gen­eral was good with six species in­clud­ing com­mon skate, spurs, thorn back ray, pout­ing, whit­ing and dog­fish boost­ing the score­sheet.

Fish tally came to 158 at the end of the day and the an­gler who ac­crued the most points was Scott Rankin, with 36 fish (123pts) closely fol­lowed by Wil­lie Shaw, 35 fish (118 pts), and then Mike Thomp­son, 21 fish (80 pts).

CATCH: Steven MacBrayne with his 10lb 9oz skate.

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